Nobody walks in LA. We hike. Seems strange, but hiking is a really great activity to do in Los Angeles. You can catch up with friends while getting a little sun, and you can also add a little activity to a schedule that has you cooped up in a car driving all around town. No matter your reason, a good ol’ hike is usually a great alternative and chance to do something different.
There are so many great hikes in Los Angeles, from the popular to those less traveled. So it all just depends on the experience you are looking for. Believe me I realize this makes LA sound like it caters to hiking connoisseurs, and well, it somewhat does. But there are also many great options for those that don’t need all the fuss, and just want some fresh air.
Runyon Canyon is one of the more popular hikes in Los Angeles. Not only is it dog-friendly, but it is centrally located., so many locals add it to their daily routine. But tourists love Runyon as it is a few short blocks from the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and there is a high probability that you can spot a celeb on your hike. They will likely be hiding behind a pair of large over-sized sunglasses, but yeah, you will most likely encounter a celeb or two.
Mount Hollywood is another great hike, because, I mean, who wouldn’t want to walk by the Hollywood sign while getting a little exercise? Located in Griffith Park, which boasts over 50 miles of trails, the Mount Hollywood trail takes you past the Griffith Observatory as well as the sign. So you can cover two landmarks in one hike!
And finally, I mention Will Rogers’ State Park. Located off of Sunset Blvd, it is most notable for its trail beginning at a polo field. Yes, there is Polo in LA, but that’s a blog for another day. But Will Rogers State Park is a lovely hike that is never too crowded. So if you are looking for something not as crowded, this is a great hike within the Santa Monica Mountain range that treats you to sweeping views of the coastline and the entire skyline to downtown LA.
Of course, these are just a few of the many hikes you can find yourself on while traveling to or if you live in LA. Looking to try a new hike, a great resource is www.hikespeak.com.